The Good Breast explores medicine as ritual, presenting the rise of the mastectomy in the U.S. as a modern form of breast sacrifice. Unlike all other surgical trends towards less invasive surgery (robotic, endoscopic etc.), prophylactic mastectomy rates have increased over the last decade. Mastectomies don’t guarantee survival benefits per se (except for genetic mutation carriers), as renowned breast cancer surgeon Dr. Lauren Schnaper states in The Good Breast. Among the main reasons for mastectomies are patient concern about recurrence, increased screenings (mammograms and MRIs), and the desire for symmetry and/or the right and often bigger breast size. An overall fear of breast cancer, misguidance, and pink ribbon culture are also fueling this alarming rate of unnecessary mastectomies in America. Their “necessity” lies outside of the realm of statistics and calculable medicine, and within the realm of personalized medical choices.